How to Master Technique
One effective way of teaching a skill is to use a whiteboard in the athlete’s practice environment. With the whiteboard, the coach has control of writing down what skills the athlete needs to focus on. It is important that the coach uses as few words or phrases as possible (1 to 2 words per instruction at most). Example, if the athlete needs to turn their shoulders more, you would write down “turn shoulders” or just “shoulders”. Also, it helps to debrief the athlete about the technique before starting this training method to ensure that the athlete has a complete understanding of each of the written instructional commands.
The advantage of this training tool is that the athlete can indulge their focus on a few simple words or commands without becoming overwhelmed by too much verbal instruction. In addition, the whiteboard gives the athlete more freedom and leadership in being able to select which technique he or she wants to focus on first.
Patrick Albán B.S., M.S.